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The Zoo

Julia Kwan
2018 | 11 min 51 sec

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionToronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario (2019)


Short Synopsis


One-liner


Q & A WITH THE ZOO FILMMAKER JULIA KWAN


Fast facts about the elderly in Canada

Images

Film Grab - Boy visits Kut
Film Grab - Cub Kut in the Arctic
Film Grab - Family pic with Kut
Film Grab - Kut sleeps in pit
Film Grab - Kut watches animals leave the zoo
Film Grab - Old man in apartment
Film Grab - Old man in Chinatown

Trailer

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Team


Julia Kwan
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Tallulah Tallulah


Julia Kwan

Julia Kwan is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose cinematic works often delve into the Chinese-Canadian cultural experience. Raised in Vancouver by Chinese immigrant parents, Kwan studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto and was a director resident at the Canadian Film Centre when she made her award-winning short film Three Sisters on Moon Lake, about Chinese-Canadian sisters who discover the beauty and tragedy of the imagination.

In 2005, Kwan made her feature-film directorial debut with Eve and the Fire Horse. The coming-of-age story about a precocious nine-year-old premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and played at Sundance, where it won the coveted Special Jury Prize for World Cinema. In 2007, Kwan received the Claude Jutra Award for the best feature by a first-time director in Canada.

In 2014, Kwan directed Everything Will Be, an NFB feature-length doc that captures the subtle nuances of Vancouver’s Chinatown in the midst of transformation. The Zoo is her first animated film.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length documentaries The Whale and the Raven and Because We Are Girls; the musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated shorts Shop Class and The Zoo; the short documentaries Way of the Hunter and Now Is the Time; and the Webby Award-winning documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.


Ruth Vincent
Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Ruth Vincent


Ruth Vincent

Ruth Vincent has been working in broadcast and feature documentary and animation for more than 25 years. She was one of the producers of Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999-2008), the Cartoon Networkʼs longest-running original programming series, and recently worked as a line producer on the IMAXÒ film Great Bear Rainforest (2019) and the NFB animated feature Window Horses (2018), directed by Ann Marie Fleming. Mondo Media engaged Ruth to operate their Canadian company, and she served as associate producer on a slate of animated series delivered to US streaming service Ellation (2017-2018).  In addition to being a co-producer on 52 episodes of Wild Grinders for Home Plate Entertainment and Nickelodeon (2015-2016), she has executive produced several award-winning documentaries, including Mixed Match (2016), One Big Hapa Family (2010), and The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003).

Ruth’s background is in production accounting, finance, and business affairs. She’s also worked as an executive producer for a commercial production house and served on Canadian subsidiary corporate boards for companies such as Digital Domain.

Credits

Written and Directed by
Julia Kwan

Producers
Ruth Vincent
Shirley Vercruysse
Julia Kwan

Animation Director
Jesse Cote

Art Director
Bonni Reid

Music
Rob Teehan

Sound Designer
Greg Stewart

Character Designer
Kaho Yoshida

Additional Character Designs
Elisa Chee
Aparna Kapur

Animation Production Services
Jesters Animation

Storyboards  Jesse Cote

Story Art  Tzanko Tchangov

Editor for Jesters Animation Jesse Cote

Character Design
Jesse Cote
Pedro Amato

Pascal Zaffiro
Carlos Rossell
Austin Legg
Chris Muzyka

Background Layout
Jesse Cote
Chris Musyka

Background Colour Design
Bonni Reid
Jesse Cote
Pedro Amato
Austin Legg

Animators
Jesse Cote
Brad Gibson
Carlos Rossell
Ian Vincent Godfrey

Special Effects
BLATANT

Additional Storyboarding
H.P. Mendoza

Editor Consultant
Michael Brockington

On-Line Post Production
CINEMATIK

Audio Post-Production Services
Post Modern Sound
Linda McAteer

Foley Recordist
Rick Senechal

Foley Artist
Don Harrison

Financial Services
Gemma Davis

Insurance Services
Front Row Insurance

Legal Services
Eva Schmieg
Miller Thomson

SONGS

“Polar Family”
“Zoocaphony”
“Relics in the City”
“Chinese Radio”
“Fireworks”
“So It Goes”

Written by Rob Teehan
Performed by Rob Teehan
Used Courtesy of the Artist

National Film Board of Canada

Associate Producer
Teri Snelgrove

Production Supervisor
Jennifer Roworth

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Production Coordinator
Kristyn Stilling

Executive Producers
Shirley Vercruysse
Michael Fukushima

Produced with the support of TELUS 

Executive Producer
Blair Miller

Executive Producer
Kim Hsu Guise

Executive Producer
Jonas Woost

Producer
Smita Acharyya

Publicity
Lizzy Karp

Developed with the participation of
CREATIVE BC
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

With the participation of
the Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC

Funded by the Government of Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Press Relations

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

Press Relations

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.